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"To feel jealous for"

Does this expression "To feel jealous for" exist in English?

By this expression I mean a husband for example being protective (of\towards) his wife (in the sense of not wanting to see her with other men).

So, can I say: "Ahmad feels jealous for his wife. He doesn't like to see her in the company of other men."

Or it's better to say: "Ahmad is very protective (of\towards) his wife. He doesn't want to see her in the company of other men. "

Thanks :)

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In English, jealous can be used to express the feeling of wanting to hold on to what you have.

So I might say:

"Ahmad feels jealous when he sees his wife with other men."

-or-

"Ahmad gets jealous when he sees his wife talking to other men."

While Ahmad feels jealous because he doesn't want to lose his wife, his jealousy is put on to the other men, and not his wife in the English speakers mind. This is why "jealous for his wife" sounds strange to us.

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Many thanks for your elaborate answer ;)
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I don't think I've ever heard anyone say "jealous for ...".

More normal is just to say that one is or feels jealous and then say why.

For your example I would say: "Ahmad is very jealous. He doesn't want to see his wife in the company of other men."

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Thanks :)

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